Something NOT to do in my tumbler any more !!

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  1. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Switched out the Tumbling Media from Walnut Shell with Rouge to Plain Walnut shell. WHAT A MESS !! The red dust was CAKED in the bottom and along the side of the Bin. Had to Scrape and use a Metal wheel to get it out. I think tumbling Sized brass to remove the Sizing lube is what caused it. From now on will clean the brass in either Water/dish detergent or spray down with brake cleaner. Then will dry them before trimming.
     
  2. FOUR4D4

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    I will make a note of this SW thanks for the tip,The day we stop learning is the day we stop breathing
     

  3. SWO1

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    Thats what I call EXPERIENCE ...... Experience has just made MORE mistakes .......... :D
     
  4. FOUR4D4

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    Do you add liquid car polish like Nu-Finish.
     
  5. SWO1

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    Didnt add nuttin ...... tumbled about 50 .38 super cases and they came out FINE.. Have some fine brown dust now ....... :rolleyes:
     
  6. 444Hal

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    I just use the corn cobb stuff. It does come with some kind of polisher in it. But hey, I just clean'em up a bit.
     
  7. oldbrass

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    Warm water, vinegar a bit of dawn dish soap, put in the dryer box 20 minutes and done..
     

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  8. hombre243

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    ob, I have heard others mention Dawn dish soap. Is Dawn any better than the others? Or was that just what you have on hand.
     
  9. SWO1

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  11. FOUR4D4

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    I have used dish soap to clean the grease off my hands.They used Dawn to clean up wild life in the Gulf oil spill by BP back in 2010

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvstwoQyVWg[/ame]
     
  12. SWO1

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    Mixed up a cup of warm water, Half cup of vinegar, and 2 squirts of Dawn. Did a test batch of .38 Super in the sonic Mo-shene. Inside of the cases were clean. Primer pockets NOT so much. Put the 25 cases in the toaster oven @ 200 deg. for 10 minutes. THEY CAME OUT DISCOLORED ...... :(

    Cleaned another 25 case batch but before putting in the Sonic I cleaned the primer pockets. Again inside of cases were clean. The solution was a dark brown color with stuff in the bottom. This time I only left em in the oven for 4 minutes @ 150 ...... MO BETTER.

    oldbrass ..... how do you wash your cases to get the primer pockets clean ??
     
  13. SWO1

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    After the brass sat and cooled off I rechecked the first batch of cases. ITS MAGIC ... all but 3 are CLEAN. I had looked at some as they came out of the sonic cleaner and they looked still dirty. But after dryin look pretty darn good. Not as spiffy as the ones I cleaned before washing but GOOD ENOUGH.
     
  14. Nogoat

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    Thanks for the heads up


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  15. oldbrass

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    SWO1 I ream all my primer pockets, just a few twists gets any crud out.I don`t use a sonic machine anymore since it died after only 6 months. I use a plastic bowl and slosh them by hand a few minutes then let them soak about 10 minutes and rinse real good. As for drying I found my homemade dryer box and $4 goodwill heater works best, warm circulating air really does it...
     
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  16. SWO1

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    oldbrass .... I never let a good man's great ideas go to waste. I built me a dryer box (looking at yours) and have a small heater/fan. I mixed up another batch of solution ( used a little more dawn this time). Put it in a coffee can and shook up for a while. Now letting them soak. I had about 20 .38 spcl and 8 30--06 cases that hadnt been tumbled. Hope they turn out good as yours ...... :)
     
  17. SWO1

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    Dried the washed brass in the dryer box. Worked Great. The 06 brass came out with the primer pockets clean. The .38 not so much. I hit each one with the reamer for good measure.

    Last day or so have ALL kinds of brass clean and spiffy. Now what am I going to do with it ..... any ideas :confused:
     

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  18. oldbrass

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    I think you should give us a range report :D
     
  19. SWO1

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    Range report might be in order. tomorrow my niece and her boyfriend are coming over to shoot on my range. dont know if I will shoot or not ..... will see
     
  20. oldbrass

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    So does this mean your niece is shooting her boyfriend ??